Spring 2012- Take Care: Biomedical Ethics
March 1st – March 29th 2012

This exhibit considers civilization’s unease with modern family planning, maternal and fetal care, childbirth, and child rearing. For the first time in history, there is knowledge available to mothers which forces them to make life or death decisions whether to carry a disfigured, malformed, or unintentional fetus to term, whether to use pharmaceuticals with their associated risks, and whether to risk passing on genetic diseases. In these situations, we are no longer able to rely on long-established religious, societal, or medical expertise for guidance, and too often, we only grapple with such problems at the time of crisis. The show highlights these bioethical dilemmas, the hope that viewers will take the opportunity to better appreciate the complexity of these personal decisions in a rapidly changing world.
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